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Klymchuk, Sergiy; Spooner, Kerri – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 2020

The paper presents results of two case studies with undergraduate students majoring in applied mathematics and engineering. The first case study deals with students' preferences for and difficulties with application problems and pure mathematics questions in their courses. The students were majoring in applied mathematics and taking a second-year…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Preferences

Kuteeva, Maria; McGrath, Lisa – Applied Linguistics, 2015

Recent years have seen an interest in the generic structure of empirical research articles across a variety of disciplines. However, significantly less attention has been given to theoretical articles. This study aims to begin to address this imbalance by presenting the results of an investigation into the organizational and rhetorical structure…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Research Reports, Discourse Analysis, Language Research

Smeets, Ionica – Adults Learning Mathematics, 2018

In this discussion paper we look at questions that adults have about numbers. Many of their questions are not about pure mathematics, but about personal, cultural or societal issues. We discuss how to connect mathematical topics with things people are interested in, based on theoretic knowledge from the field of science communication. We focus on…

Descriptors: Adults, Mathematics, Interests, Mathematics Instruction

Dahl, Bettina – European Journal of Engineering Education, 2018

Problem and Project-Based Learning (PBL) emphasise collaborate work on problems relevant to society and emphases the relation between theory and practice. PBL fits engineering students as preparation for their future professions but what about mathematics? Mathematics is not just applied mathematics, but it is also a body of abstract knowledge…

Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction

McGrath, Lisa; Kuteeva, Maria – English for Specific Purposes, 2012

Recent ESP research into academic writing has shown how writers convey their stance and interact with readers across different disciplines. However, little research has been carried out into the disciplinary writing practices of the pure mathematics academic community from an ESP genre analysis perspective. This study begins to address this gap by…

Descriptors: Discourse Communities, Interviews, Epistemology, Mathematics Instruction

Borgonovi, Francesca; Pokropek, Artur – Journal of Educational Psychology, 2019

We examine the relevance of task exposure specificity in the development of self-efficacy evaluations among 15-year-old students in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. We use data from the 2012 edition of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) to assess if students' self-efficacy evaluations…

Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, International Assessment

Usiskin, Zalman – Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 2015

Common situations, like planning air travel, can become grist for mathematical modeling and can promote the mathematical ideas of variables, formulas, algebraic expressions, functions, and statistics. The purpose of this article is to illustrate how the mathematical modeling that is present in everyday situations can be naturally embedded in…

Descriptors: Mathematical Models, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, State Standards

Lyakhova, Sofya; Neate, Andrew – Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 2021

This is the second paper reporting the results of a study investigating student choices of optional post-16 advanced-level (A-level) Mathematics and Further Mathematics qualifications in the UK and their impact on the transition from school to university mathematics. Here, the opinions of non-mathematics Science, Technology, Engineering and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Transitional Programs, STEM Education, Foreign Countries

Jones, Steven R. – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019

The calculus concepts of concavity and inflection points are critical for a complete understanding of quantities' behavior, making them important topics of research for those interested in the intersections of STEM disciplines. This study seeks to provide insight into this area by reporting on trends in students' concept projections of these…

Descriptors: Calculus, Mathematical Concepts, STEM Education, Concept Formation

Pinxten, Rik – Intercultural Education, 2016

Sketching three different approaches to mathematics education, I choose for a pluralistic view, called multimathemacy. The focus is on cultural diversity and particular and local skills and insights in the out-of-school knowledge of the children. "Trivial mathematics" as Hardy called it can be used as a bridge between these skills and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Cultural Pluralism, Abstract Reasoning, Sociocultural Patterns

Hong, Dae S.; Choi, Kyong Mi – International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 2018

This paper compares sections on functions and linear functions from two Korean textbooks and an American standards-based textbook (University of Chicago School Mathematics Project [UCSMP] Algebra) to understand differences and similarities among these textbooks through horizontal and vertical analyses. We found that these textbooks provide…

Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Textbooks

Alcock, Lara; Simpson, Adrian – Educational Studies in Mathematics, 2017

This paper describes a study in which we investigated relationships between defining mathematical concepts--increasing and decreasing infinite sequences--explaining their meanings and classifying consistently with formal definitions. We explored the effect of defining, explaining or studying a definition on subsequent classification, and the…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Concept Teaching, Definitions, Classification

Wang, Yuqian; Barmby, Patrick; Bolden, David – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2017

This study describes a comparison of how worked examples in selected textbooks from England and Shanghai presented possible learning trajectories towards understanding linear function. Six selected English textbooks and one Shanghai compulsory textbook were analysed with regards to the understanding required for pure mathematics knowledge in…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Textbooks, Mathematics, Comparative Analysis

Howell, Russell W.; Schrohe, Elmar – PRIMUS, 2017

Rouché's Theorem is a standard topic in undergraduate complex analysis. It is usually covered near the end of the course with applications relating to pure mathematics only (e.g., using it to produce an alternate proof of the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra). The "winding number" provides a geometric interpretation relating to the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, College Mathematics, Undergraduate Study, Mathematical Logic

Darlington, Ellie; Bowyer, Jessica – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2016

332 undergraduate chemistry students were surveyed in order to establish whether they had found A-level Mathematics and/or Further Mathematics to be good preparation for their degree. Perceptions of both subjects were found to be positive, with more than 80% of participants describing Mathematics or Further Mathematics as good preparation. In…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Chemistry, Science Instruction, Student Surveys